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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 14, 2013 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

He does not shy away from naming names.

Who knew Jerry liked Stoli so much? Or that Bobby was/is a complete football nut? Or that Jill Lesh turned into Al Haig when Jerry died?

What a petty, sad, miserable little world he describes- especially after the death of BG. And he said doing business on the West Coast was better then on the East!

The kindle book did not have the cookbook, which I was looking for as the book suddenly turned into a Jerry bio. Man, he needed an editor. I don't think he had one. A rec as a free read or if you want a view of how the 'sausage' was made.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 14, 2013 5:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

I really enjoyed it up through the Shoreline section and then it just devolved into a bunch of cut-and-paste Jerry comments and other stuff. Like he stopped writing the book and just cobbled some stuff together to put out the book, although the book does have various band riders that are amusing to read. Now that I'm seeing those on a weekly basis I understand better the power of the red pen. Parish's comment, "Stearns? Yea, what, he was around for like the last 2 days?" But Moonalice is playing his fest up in Alaska: http://www.salmonstock.org as well as Bottle Rock in Napa next week. Moonalice's leader is quite an interesting character: http://www.elevation.com/EP_IT.asp?id=102

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 15, 2013 2:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

I thought it was a pretty interesting skim-read, although it definitely showed the lack of an editor all throughout, from logical flow to punctuation/typos/errors of fact. (Phil does not have a brother. And so on.) And yeah, didn't need the Jerry bio filler.

But one good thing about the new kindle-it-yourself world is that people can publish something that, while it might have been improved by an editor, also might not have been published at all. And while there's no editor to help it in some ways (flow, maybe pushing him to get into some areas that he just started to touch on, etc), there's also no editor to keep it from being an honest take on things as the writer sees it. (Or to make it more sensational. Although he certainly had no problem slamming people he felt needed slamming. Particularly the crew. Just in case anyone thought they were fuzzy wuzzies. Still, it didn't seem mean-spirited -- just telling things like he saw it.)

Also, while I'm in the little niche that will go for how-they-made-the-GD-sausage stories, I'm guessing it would have been hard to convince a big publisher there'd be enough interest to put this out as a hardcover book for Barnes and Noble etc.